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Lenten devotionals: day 17

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I believe in the Holy Spirit……..in creation. (day 16)

I believe in the Holy Spirit as an influencer

The life giving breath or spirit of God was in the creation of the world. He saw that everything was good, even very good when man was created and given a home in which to dwell.

Yet, man, in the wisdom and desire of God, was not created as a puppet. God gave us the freedom of choice, which led to the downfall and hardship of life. Whilst we strive to do right, as humans we make unwise choices seeking the way of selfishness and pride rather than love and humility. Even the world that God gave to us became limited and “groans in labour pains” Romans 8:19-23

The Holy Spirit empowers and stirs up our soul in order to heal our broken world. In modern speak he is like a collective conscience that breaks through the barriers and stirs up broken spirits to goodness and truth.

To do that under the law, He chose to work through individuals, providing them with power and occasionally special gifts in order to restore balance.

To Joseph he gave the ability to interpret dreams.

To Moses he gave the ability to lead and as required to change the nature of creation to provide food, shelter and sanctuary to the people.

To the prophets he gave signs and wonders and the gift of healing, such as Elijah raising the widow’s son, Elisha healing Naaman of leprosy.

To Jonah he gave power to overcome fear, after a creative disciplining -sort of like sitting on a very stinky, scary dark naughty step. Such that Jonah can declare ,

“But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
    will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
   I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.” Jonah 2:9

And now, like this e writer of Hebrews, “I do not have time to write of others” who were enabled by the Spirit to do great things.

For this is the exciting bit. The Spirit stirs within us and works endlessly to restore the world back into a relationship with God creator, father. He is our counsellor and teacher and we can use his influence to get excited about His work for us to influence a dying world. This great news will be explored tomorrow (actually later today as I had to delay actually posting this). If you want further reading I was inspired by reading article

https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/how-believers-experienced-the-spirit-before-pentecost

Are you excited about how God spirit is working in and through you? Connect with us and share your ideas and experiences.

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